Category Archives: Photography

Ricoh Shotmaster Ultra Dual #1

22-04-17

I couldn’t resist, it was on that auction site at a £1.00. starting bid, but the postage was £5.00. (a bit steep) No one else bid so it was mine. I have always liked Ricoh cameras and this was a model I hadn’t seen before. It has a dual lens (35mm & 55mm) rather than a zoom, the flash can be turned off by a flicking a slider, there’s an infinity button and the viewfinder cover acts as the on/off switch. The camera is quite small and easily fits in a coat pocket, and an added bonus is that it takes two standard AA batteries.

Loaded it up with £1.00 a roll Agfa Vista 200asa and took it out with me on my walks to town.

Natural Green (35mm)
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The light was quite tricky for this shot, sun and shade. I have found Agfa Vista 200 has a slight magenta cast, but the Ricoh coped well with the lighting conditions.

Brightening Up The Park (35mm)
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More tricky lighting.

Pegs & Finials (55mm)
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Having recently bought a Nikon TW zoom 35-70 and then donated it to a charity shop because of the really slow autofocus I didn’t know what to expect from the Ricoh, I needn’t have worried, it has one of the quickest autofocus systems of all of my compact cameras.

The film was developed by a local high street photo store, and scanned in by me on my Nikon Coolscan as near to neutral as I could get, with some contrast and sharpening adjustments in Lightroom to get rid of the digital fug. 

 

Thursday Doors

13-04-17

Managed a short visit to Oakham in Rutland this week, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutland) the weather forecast was reasonable and it’s only two stops down the line from my hometown. It’s been a long time since I visited Oakham for sightseeing, used to go there 2 or 3 times a month for business when I still worked. It’s a lovely old market town and most importantly has a fine selection of doors for my contribution to the excellent Norm 2.0 “Thursday Doors” Blog.

Oakham Cemetery
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You can see the cemetery from the railway as you enter Oakham, it looked interesting so went straight there from the station. I know it’s not really a door but it’s a lovely building and entrance way. The lodge is Grade-II listed.

Oakham Cemetery Chapel
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On the High Street
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Partial selfie !

The Dentists Door !
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Can’t have too many Blue doors.

All Saints Church
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The Post Office
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From The Side Streets
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There are some lovely cottages along the side streets, a lot of them are constructed from the local stone and many have thatched roofs. Really enjoyed the visit to Oakham.

Thursday Doors

16-03-17

I haven’t been out and about much this week, taking the opportunity to do a bit of tidying up in the garden when the weather has been good. Did manage to get into town on Monday though and captured a few doors for the excellent Norm 2.0 blog.

Cherub
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Another former Hosiery factory, the stone and brickwork set the door off.

Former Police Station #1
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Former Police Station #2
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The police station was built in 1933 of Portland stone and is Grade 11 listed.

I couldn’t finish without a Blue Door.

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Took this one in 1993 on my first visit to Riga, Latvia. I liked the old cannons embedded into the pavement and the two imposing faces. (The door has now been restored and to me at least doesn’t look anywhere near as good)

Thursday Doors

09-03-17

Here’s my contribution to the excellent Thursday Doors blog over at Norm 2.0 blog.

My theme for this week is Grotty Industrial

Blake Street
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The sign on the lamp post says this is a conservation area, I hope so. There’s a great pub at the end of this street, I used to drink there in the late 1970’s when It was rather eccentric for want of a better word, but that’s another story.

I Love You
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Around The Back
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Corah Building
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This was the largest hosiery factory in Leicester at one time. There’s a short history of Corah on Wikipedia. It’s sad to see the factory in this condition.

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End of The Line
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And just a couple of streets away these two Victorian gems
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It’s only a mile away #3

Here are a few shots on film from my visit to the Botanic Gardens a couple of weeks ago. I took the Olympus OM1n together with 50mm and 24mm Zuiko lenses. The film was  Rollei Superpan 200, first time I’ve used this emulsion, apparently it can have a near infrared look when the lighting permits (sunshine) so ever the optimist I used Red and Green filters on the lenses to see what they would give, of course the day was fairly dull ! I developed the film in Rodinal which due to it’s age has now acquired the colour of a mature burgundy wine, but it worked really well.

Main House (very grand)
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50mm and Green filter

Take a Seat 
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Definitely a touch of the infrared, 50mm and Green filter

Bare Branches
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Got that infrared glow, 24mm with Red filter

Modern Sculpture
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50mm and Green Filter

The Wave
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24mm and Red filter

Arbor
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24mm Red filter

Looking forward to better weather so I can use some more of this film.

Thursday Doors

02-03-17

Been thinking about future projects for the excellent “Thursday Doors” Blog at Norm 2.0 

One idea is finding houses with their original doors.
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These two are not far away from where I live, there are some lovely houses in the area, Victorian and Edwardian, lots of roads to explore.

Another Theme Garages
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The grottier the better. 

Neglected Industrial Doors
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Plenty of these around the city. It was the brickwork that drew me to this one.

Electricity Substations 
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I have this thing for electricity substations, not sure why. Found this lovely one not far away at the beginning of this week.

I think there should be enough there to keep me busy for a while.

A couple from this week :-

Leicester London Road Tram Depot (History)
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Hopefully they will get funds to restore the building and put on some events.